“We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.” Luke 17:10 (KJV)
Perspective is everything. Do you understand who signs the paycheck? We are yoked with the Master. He is not yoked to us. He drives us to the field we are to serve in. He guides us to become what He plans. He sits down to eat, and we serve him. This is all done in mutual love.
Pride sinks in. We start to think that our successes are our successes. We think that we deserve praise and rewards. We want to be esteemed in the eyes of the world. “You don’t work for the world, why expect its wages?”
Our wages are to do the bidding of Him who has called us. The kingdom of God comes first. We sit down to the table only when we are done doing the Master’s agenda. Jesus first. Others second. Me third. How few have caught on to this formula for happiness. Happiness is a by-product of focusing off self. Fulfillment only comes when we make ourselves the willing servants of God. We do this because He first loved us, and made us His sons.
A servant during Roman times at meals would stand against the wall, with his eyes glued to the master. The master would simply make eye-contact with the servant in order to communicate his wishes. Woe to the servant who was looking elsewhere for his instructions. We must keep eye contact with the Master to know the next order. Are you hearing His voice inviting you to come work alongside Him?